Michigan State bracketology: Where Spartans sit ahead of 2018 Big Ten Tournament

Michigan State basketball is the No. 1 seed entering the 2018 Big Ten basketball tournament after eking out a win over Wisconsin on Sunday. The Spartans ended the regular season on a 12-game winning streak, and are No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

Michigan State won’t have to play in the tournament until Friday, and will take on the winner of Wisconsin-Maryland’s Thursday game. The Spartans were victorious twice against each team. Tom Izzo’s team beat Maryland by 30 and Wisconsin by 15 in the first two matchups, but the latter two were competitive until the end. Maryland stuck around in a 74-68 Michigan State win in January, while Wisconsin led with 7 minutes to go in their game on Sunday.

Tournament games can be weird, but Michigan State is still going to be an easy favorite over either team.

What’s at stake for Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament?

Michigan State’s chances at a No. 1 seed are on the line in the Big Ten Tournament. An early exit could leave the Spartans on the two-line, but a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game would be hard for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to ignore. The top four seeds in ESPN’s bracketology are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier, but none of those are set in stone.

Villanova and Xavier could play each other in the Big East Tournament, and every team listed above still has a full week of conference play to go. The Big Ten, with its early trip to New York City, starts its conference tournament early. If any of those teams falter, the Spartans are in good position to capitalize.

What’s the best-case scenario for Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament?

Michigan State was the most consistent team in the Big Ten this season in terms of wins and losses, and has the best talent collection in the Big Ten. A best-case scenario for the Spartans is adding a Big Ten Tournament title to their Big Ten regular-season title.

What’s the worst-case scenario for Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament?

Michigan State is one of four teams with a double-bye, so the Spartans won’t play until Friday. Worst-case scenario for them is losing that first game and suffering an early exit, but even if that happens, it’s hard to see them receiving anything worse than a No. 2 seed.

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